Jardin de Seoul

Last weekend I was invited by the Korean girls from my class to go to this Korean harvest festival (Chuseok) arrangement at Jardin de Seoul. It’s a small park, located inside another park called Jardin d’Acclimatation, with replicas of traditional sculptures and architecture from Korea.

The entrance ticket to Le Jardin d’Acclimatation was kind of expensive… 26 euros! I snuck in for free though because the Korean arrangement staff thought I was a Korean student and she was talking to us and stuff and occacsionally looked at me and smiled. And I thought, why is she asking me questions in Korean?  My Korean friends made me go through the gates with them first and dragged me to another place far from the girl who gave us tickets before they told me that I got it for free because they pretended that I was a Korean student like them. HAHAHA!

They did sell a lot of Korean food but I didn’t get any because I was low in cash and couldn’t find an ATM in there, would have loved to try some of the dishes though! 😦

Gotta love how the beautiful colors harmonize so well with each other. This really made me think of sageuk dramas.

Spotted this little guy happily munching away on the carrot one of the kids gave him. “He’s so fluffy, I could die!”

One of my favorites. She looked so happy and peaceful while listening to the traditional music her bandmates were playing on stage.

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Aki Boulanger

Here it is, finally!
The post Lina has been waiting for.
The post I have neglected for so long.

This is it, my first trip to Aki Boulanger! (which I made a few weeks ago, haha!)

Aki Boulanger, located on the corner of rue Sainte-Anne and rue Thérèse, is a small Japanese bakery I’ve fallen in love with.
My first thought, entering this bakery, was that it was crowded with French and Asians seated by the coffee tables outside and the tall seats inside. That first thought did not stay for long as I looked to my left and saw all the dessert displayed there. After an excruciating long time with indecisive thoughts and a little bit of a funny “conversation” with the clerk, I finally opted for a Mille-Feuille Aki. This of course accompanied with a Melonpan filled with crème de thé.

In case you wondered what my “conversation” with the clerk was all about…
She came up to me while I was busy eyeing those cakes and asked me something in Japanese. Being the stupid little girl that I am, I tried to speak to her in French. The only awkward thing about that was the fact that I couldn’t remember what “to look” was in French so the only thing coming out of my mouth at that time was “Je… …uh…”. I then decided to say it in English “I haven’t decided yet, I’m still looking” which she replied with something in French (I think she asked me what I wanted to buy, though my memory is a little bit fuzzy…). This is where I started doing this stupid hand signs where I pointed two fingers to my eyes and then pointed at the cakes, to sign the universally “looking” sign. This did not go well as the girl behind the counter started to move to get the cake I pointed at while asking me “stay here or to go” in French. “No, wait! I’m still looking” at which point, I think, she finally understood and left me alone for a while so she could attend another customer. Much to my dismay, I had already attracted some of the French customers’ attention and they were staring at me like some foreign monkey. AWKWARD.

The clerk was, of course, nice enough to not attend to me anymore and sent someone, who actually knew a little bit English, my way and I went happily out of there with my takeaway box and Melonpan in hand.

Although, I didn’t have time to devour them all right away and had to eat them the next morning and evening, they still tasted as good as ever. Which made me wonder how much better they must have tasted if I ate them the same day I bought them.

Melonpan with tea cream and tea leaves for breakfast.

The cute little takeaway box

Mille-Feuille Aki (green tea)

They should have more of these in other flavors like Yuzu but I still haven’t managed to track it down yet…

I’m still amazed that it survived the trip home. I walked around for ever to find a bubble tea shop with the takeaway box hanging on my index finger and a bag full of snacks and noodles in the same hand. You should be proud of me!

I like this place so much I might come back for more one of these days, this time “sur place” just so I can enjoy their cakes while sipping a macha au lait! Surely one of my staples before I muster courage to go to Sadaharu Aoki alone (I don’t want to scare my friends with my excessive shopping skills when it comes to good looking sweets). This one is, I think, less expensive and “closer” to me as Sadaharu Aoki (the main store) is located near Jardin du Luxembourg, which requires a lot of metro lines transfer. –> Too lazy for that 😛

If you ever wander into this neighborhood, do try to make a trip there! They’ve got breads and bentos as well so you might disguise that bento as an excuse to eat a lot of their dessert while you’re there! HAHA!

Aki Boulanger
16, rue Sainte-Anne
75001 Paris
Metro: Pyramides (Sortie 1: Ave. de l’Opera)
Opening hours: 7h30 – 20h30 (except Sundays)


Bruised and battered

I’ve been running around town trying to take my blood test at two different locations today and the outcome is as follows

Pretty much how I feel mentally right now


Indulgence

The best kind of indulgence on a Friday/Saturday night!


Last day of summer

You know it’s the last day of summer when your workplace is closing for the season. I was there today to hand in my work clothes but there was a party going on so my bosses were super busy. Anyways this party is like the last thing my workplace, Lekter’n, hold before they close for the season. It’s basically a party where they try to use up all the beer from the tank. Yeah, it’s kind of a way to get rid of excessive beer before the open the tank to clean it. Why waste it when you can sell it for a cheap prize right? 😀 So when I talked to one of my boss and he said that it may be problematic for me to turn in my clothes today because all of my other bosses were running around trying to serve beer to  invited guests like crazy. I basically gave up then and told him I’ll be back tomorrow. Then I went to my co-worker and got my last ice cream for the year, at least from Lekter’n. I stood there for like 15 minutes or so and chit chatted with my co-worker, Siri, while I waited for my friend, Tin, to come. Tin seems to always miss the bus or something whenever we try to meet up with her xD. So we hung around the city talking about random stuffs like we use to do.

And then we went to the MAC store because I wanted to find the tinted lip conditioner that I wanted in Gentle Coral that was sold out at this other store in Oslo. It’s also discontinued from the line so I was pretty down, but I decided that I might buy the Fuchsia Fix. Before I bought it though I wanted to go to the second MAC store that I haven’t visited yet to see if they had it there, but my hope wasn’t that high after I talked to the lady from the MAC website about it. And there I was prepared to take the Fuchsia Fix place when I saw it! The last jar of Gentle Coral! And I was so happy because I finally got to buy something that I wanted from the MAC store that wasn’t discontinued or sold out because it was limited edition. I’m totally happy now! HAHAHAH!

No, I’m not that crazy about makeup. It’s just that I was pretty pissed becaused they decided to discontinue the only colour I liked out of all five 😛 The colour does seems a little too much in the jar but it barely comes out like that on the lips, it looks just naturally when applied and I love it! 😀

Hehe, just random rants from me today it seems 😛 I know I’m gonna miss  my workplace and all my coworkers this winter though D:


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:music: ~ Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
:mood: ~ Tired and sleepy

Well today’s Vietnamese/Chinese New Year, so we’re now entering the bull’s year! Taadaa~ So I’m going to wish everyone a Happy New Moon Year (or something) once again :1: .

I also turned 18 on the 14th January… But I still feel young as ever, except the fact that I’ve been really forgetful as of lately. Being 18 does not really feel that good, I’m still living the same life and doing the same thing every day so I can’t really feel like there has been any changes to my life. Maybe it’s just me who feel this way though.

Anyways here are something I crocheted for my friend.
Bunny:
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It’s such a small thing! x3 This was a Christmas gift for a friend of mine. I want one myself but I’m so lazy, I haven’t even finished Lina’s bunny yet… :7:

“Cupcake”: A cell-phone charm.

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I crocheted this for Lina once, the beads on it are supposed to be sprinkles xD, and it was so small that I nearly got cross-eyed making it. And another friend of mine thought it was a pear :6: , I was freestyling so it turned out rather pointy, that’s probably why…

I’ll probably crochet more in the future and post them up when I have time, but that’s it for now ;D


It’s Sushi time!

Sushi Cake:
So this cake is basically an ordinary cake but it’s made so it looks like a platter of sushi. I found this off the interweb and it’s so amazing to look at, thought I wanted to share :s4: I gotta say that whoever made this cake got mad skills!

Sushi Candy:

Cute looking sushi candies XD, and no, they do not taste like sushi… I bet you want one of these candy bags though.

Sushi-bar set:


This is the one I love the most, look at the mini sushi bar :s4: and at the sushi chef harhar. Yes, it’s just toys but who cares! They’re adorable and expensive (Click on the picture to look at its full size)